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Andean Community Countries Adopt Unified Labelling Requirements for Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods

31 Dec 2019

The Andean Community – Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru – recently adopted unified labelling requirements for apparel, made-up textiles, footwear, and leather and travel goods, making it easier for...Read More


Swedish Chemicals Agency Finds Hexavalent Chromium in Leather Products

6 Dec 2019

On 13 November 2019, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) published the results of an investigation into hazardous substances contained in common leather products. The investigation covered a total of 7...Read More


Argentina Rescinds Certificate of Origin Requirements for Textiles and Footwear

5 Dec 2019

Argentina has rescinded its non-preferential origin documentary requirements for goods whose origin must be determined for statistical reasons, including the certificate of origin requirements for tex...Read More


California Seeks Input on Use of PFAS in Textiles, Various Chemicals in Food Packaging

3 Dec 2019

California is seeking input on the use of PFAS substances in textile and leather products, as well as PFAS, BPA and ortho-phthalates in food packaging, as part of a process that could lead to the list...Read More


Tariffs on Textile Upper Footwear Could More Than Double

5 Nov 2019

U.S. footwear importers have until 15 November to file comments in opposition to U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s proposal to change its treatment of textile upper footwear that has been classifie...Read More


Chemicals in Consumer Goods Could See Broader Shift Towards Increased Restrictions Under New “Group Approach”

10 July 2019

Hong Kong traders involved in the manufacturing of non-stick coatings, plastic casings, electronic displays and the production of food and feed may like to take note of three recent European regulator...Read More


New EU Regulation Strengthens Market Surveillance of EU-made and Imported Products

9 July 2019

Hong Kong exporters may like to be informed that EU Member States will begin strengthening market surveillance of products being imported into the internal market to ensure their compliance with consu...Read More


Proposal Is Tabled to Restrict Placing on the Market of Textile and Leather Articles Containing Skin Sensitising Substances

14 May 2019

It is reported that on 29 April 2019 Sweden and France have submitted a “restriction proposal” to the European Chemicals Agency, aimed at putting in place the restriction of skin sensitising substance...Read More


Argentina Temporarily Lifts Import Restrictions on Certain Alligator Hides

11 April 2019

Argentina’s Secretariat of the Environment and Sustainable Development has issued a regulation that allows for a period of one year the temporary importation of whole, raw hides of the species Caiman ...Read More


Mexico Temporarily Raises Duties on 100 Apparel, Textile and Footwear Products

11 April 2019

Mexico issued two decrees on 10 April modifying its MFN import duties on 100 apparel, textile and footwear products and creating new tariff breakouts within a range of subheadings....Read More


Input Sought on Guides for Leather and Imitation Leather Products

6 March 2019

The Federal Trade Commission is seeking input by 22 April on its Guides for Select Leather and Imitation Leather Products as part of a broader systematic review of all current FTC regulations and guid...Read More


New Regulation Will Restrict Phthalates in Consumer Goods EU-wide

3 Jan 2019

Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation, into which the core provisions of Commission Regulation 2018/2005 will be inserted, prohibits or restricts the manufacture, placing on the market and use of certain...Read More


European Commission Imposes Restrictions on Hazardous Chemicals in Clothing, Textiles and Footwear

18 Oct 2018

On 12 October 2018, the EU’s Official Journal published Commission Regulation 2018/1513 imposing new restrictions on the use of 33 substances known to cause cancer and reproductive health problems (so...Read More


Denmark Investigates Carcinogenic PAHs in Consumer Products, Including in Footwear and Toys

2 Oct 2018

PAHs are organic compounds containing two or more fused aromatic rings, which, in processed articles, may exist in the following: creosote, medicines, dyes, plastics, rubbers, pesticides, lubricants, ...Read More


EU Customs-related Regulations Published Classifying a Type of Footwear, Among Others

12 Sept 2018

On 30 August 2018, the Official Journal published Regulations 2018/1207, 2018/1208 and 2018/1209, which each classifies the articles described below. Hong Kong traders or their agents importing these ...Read More


Argentina Adopts New Labelling Requirements for Footwear

14 Aug 2018

Argentina recently unveiled new labelling requirements for footwear that differ in various respects from the current requirements....Read More


Argentina’s Content Declaration Requirements for Textiles, Apparel and Footwear Further Amended

22 June 2018

The Argentinean government has amended certain test report provisions associated with the sworn statement of product composition (DJCP) requirements for domestically-produced and imported textiles, ap...Read More


China Updated Footwear Product Standard – QB/T 2955-2017 Casual Shoes

25 May 2018

On November 7th, 2017 China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued casual shoes product standard QB/T 2955-2017 and it became effective on April 1, 2018. QB/T 2955-2017 replaced its pr...Read More


Argentina Amends Content Declaration Requirements for Textiles, Apparel and Footwear

25 May 2018

The Argentinean government has amended in various ways the sworn statement of product composition (DJCP) requirements for domestically-produced and imported textiles, apparel and footwear....Read More


European Commission Takes Further Action Against Hazardous Chemicals in Clothing, Textiles and Footwear

18 May 2018

On 26 April 2018, the European Commission received backing from the EU’s REACH Committee to take further action against hazardous chemicals known to cause cancer and reproductive health problems....Read More

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